The General Assembly
29 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne, 9682 6007
Big and bright with an upmarket pub feel. The GA sits right on South Wharf. Picture the sun bouncing off the Yarra on a beautiful Melbourne day while you sip a cool bevvy and tuck into a meal.
Beef is the hero at GA. Scotch fillet, Black Angus – all the hits! The meat dishes are brimming with moisture, something credited to the Josper charcoal grill. And you can’t go past the spicy fried popcorn chicken for a starter. Wow! When The Weekly Review visited, head chef Darren Mercaldi had just added a S’more to the dessert menu. Chocolate, melting marshmallow and biscuits, it’s highly recommended. If you look closely, you can see the popping candy on top. Surprise!
Best described as warehouse chic, it’s got that distinctly Melbourne balance between classy without being pretentious. Bright lights, and wooden furniture with elements of metal throughout the venue. Oh and you can’t go past the outdoor area overlooking the boardwalk and water. People-watchers, rejoice!
This family-sized space is great for big groups or a romantic dinner. When we visited, we saw a mix of first dates and work functions while popular music played in the background. Perfect for dinner and convo.
The GA boasts a mammoth craft beer range but we couldn’t go past a cheeky espresso martini.
For whatever reason, South Wharf seems to be one of the unheralded sections of the city – a hidden gem on the Yarra’s edge – although people are starting to wise up. GA is no exception. The perfect pub for dinner with friends, a few pre-drinks, or that romantic night on the town.